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Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 8 - Baked Ham & Bananas

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I'm a little bit late posting this week's banana recipe. Sorry about that!
So, last week I determined that I needed to stop being a sissy about the dinner banana recipes and decided I'd try one out for Mother's Day. The recipe I chose? Baked Ham & Bananas. Sounds innocent enough....

Yeah right. Who am I kidding??!

I got this recipe from my 1930 cookbook Bananas in the Modern Manner. This cookbook is chock full of banana recipe oddities, but like my friend Loris has told me, they were obsessed with bananas in the 1920s and 30s. It was an exotic fruit and cookbooks like this one aren't really a surprise because the consumer needed to know how to use this new and nutritionally valuable food product.


One neat thing about this cookbook is this information about bananas. I normally don't pay much attention to how a banana looks. I know if it's too green it tastes dry, hard, and sour and if it's too brown it tastes sickly sweet and mushy. So, I eat it some…

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 7- Banana Devil's Food Cake

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I'm a day late posting on here, but I did post it on Instagram yesterday!

This week's banana recipe found in my Lily Wallace's New American Cook Book was hard to pass up - Banana Devil's Food Cake! This promises to be a moist, delicious twist on an old classic. I will definitely be giving this one a try the next time I have an excuse to make a cake. Ha!


Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 6 - Banana Omelet

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Oops! I'm a day late, but yesterday was busy, and I only managed to post the new banana recipe on Instagram. I'm still getting a handle on adding a baby to our daily mix, and he's getting older and staying awake longer which means I don't get nearly as much done as I did before between naps. Ack! Such is life with baby. :-)

If you remember from a previous banana post about the 1930s ad/recipe for Bananas in Orange Juice, this booklet was mentioned at the bottom. I was super, duper excited to actually find that little booklet, Bananas in the Modern Manner (1930), from a seller on Amazon. Today's recipe comes from this fun little booklet chock full of interesting banana recipes.

Banana Omelet! At first I thought, well, maybe this is just a fancy version of a crepe recipe. But it's not, because there isn't any flour. It really is just a straight up omelet... with sugar and butter added. I think this one could be pretty tasty. What do you think?

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 5 - Banana Pecan Ice Cream

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Today's Vintage Banana Tuesday recipe is for Banana Pecan Ice Cream found in the 1941 Culinary Arts Institute pamphlet for 250 Luscious Refrigerator Desserts.

Doesn't Banana Pecan Ice Cream just sound delicious? The only thing I've been wondering about is the addition of lemon juice in ice cream in the 1940s. Back in 2014 I made a ration recipe for Peanut Brittle Ice Cream. The lemon juice in that recipe made it taste funky and didn't seem to serve a purpose. I can see with the banana it might keep it from turning brown maybe... Maybe I should try versions of it with and without the lemon juice to see the difference. Either way, bananas and pecans are a winning combination, so there can't be much to go wrong, I would think!

Definitely try this one! And if you don't feel up to making your own ice cream, get some Butter Pecan Ice Cream, mix in some banana and you can enjoy very similar, vintage flavor combination in a fraction of the time!

A New Look

So, you may have noticed the blog looks really different! I hope it didn't throw you for a loop. I was wanting to update the look of the blog and I even bought my blog's domain so it's a .com now. How exciting!  You can still find my tabs at the top. It only shows a few of them, but just click on the word "More" to find the rest. Also, if you don't see my side bar, there are three lines at the top by the blog title that if you click, you'll be able to see my content there. I might still tweak things here and there, but I'm really liking the new look!

The fun vintage background is from the cover of one of my ration cookbooks. It's pretty cool, I think!

Let me know what you think of the new look, and thanks as always for visiting!

P.S. I just reached my 300th post!

Vintage Banana Tuesday - Day 4: Bananas in Orange Juice

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Today's banana recipe sounds pretty good! Super fast and easy - any of you could try it, no problem. Aren't you excited?! Actually, I think I'll try this one. It sounds pretty refreshing to me.

I want to give a big thanks to my friend, Mairi, over at Magpie Tidings for finding this ad for me. It comes from her copy of the November 1930 Ladies Home Journal.



I asked Mairi for an extra close-up of the bottom of the ad, because I love finding the little recipe pamphlets that match the ad. I recently found a copy of this one, Bananas in the Modern Manner, on Amazon! I always forget to look there when I'm on the hunt. I'm really excited to get this one in the mail and will post about it soon!

Historical Sew Monthly Challenge - January: Firsts & Lasts

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I finished this one quite a bit ago, but just never got around to posting about it. I'm not personally modeling my finished petticoat, because I think it looks weird by itself without the jacket which I haven't made yet.

Here's the breakdown for the project -

The Challenge: January - Firsts and Lasts. This is the first item in my 18th century outfit.

Material: 100% striped linen from Burnley & Trowbridge

Pattern: Petticoat by J. P. Ryan

Year: late 18th century

Notions: linen tape, cotton thread

How historically accurate is it? 95%. Historically accurate pattern though I used the sewing machine for most parts except the hemming.

Hours to complete: Maybe 4-5 hours

First worn: Not worn yet. I'm waiting to finish my outfit!

Total cost: about $35 for cost of linen and linen tape

2017 Sewing Challenges

Leimomi over at The Dreamstress started another year of monthly sewing challenges for The Historical Sew Monthly. I'm a wee bit behind in posting about it, but here are her challenges:

January: Firsts & Lasts - Create either
the first item in a new ensemble, or one last piece to put the final fillip on
an outfit.

February: Re-Make, Re-Use, Re-Fashion - Sew
something that pays homage to the historical idea of re-using, re-making and
re-fashioning. Turn one thing into another. Re-fit or re-fashion an old gown
into something you would wear again. Re-trim a hat for a new outfit, or
re-shape a modern hat to be a historical hat. Re-purpose the fabric from an old
garment (your own or a commercial one) into a new garment.

March: The Great Outdoors - Get out into
the weather and dirt with an item for outdoor pursuits.

April: Circles, Squares & Rectangles -
Many historical garments, and the costumes of many people around the world, use
basic geometric shapes as their basis. In this chal…

Vintage Banana Tuesday: Day 3 - Banana Gingerbread Shortcake

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Another Vintage Banana Tuesday has arrived! I didn't just want to post a recipe this time. I wanted to make one.

So, I decided on this interesting one from The Alice Bradley Menu-Cook-Book - Banana Gingerbread Shortcake! Fascinating combination, wouldn't you say?

So, the recipe consists of two parts - the gingerbread cake and the banana cream filling. The gingerbread cake was a cinch to make. The only change I made was to bake it in my small spring form pan. I just didn't see how there would be enough batter to put into two cake pans like it says to, especially when they didn't specify the size. The recipe only calls for 1 1/4 cups flour, so I'm wondering if the standard cake pan back then was smaller than today's 9" size?

Also, I've never had to add boiling water to a cake mix before, so that was a different technique than I was used to.

So, here's my cake! I think it turned out quite lovely and fat. Just the way I wanted it. Since I didn't h…

Vintage Banana Tuesdays: Day 2 - Shrimp and Banana Salad

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I remembered in the nick of time that today was Tuesday and I hadn't posted my vintage banana recipe for today! It's been a crazy day and I've been having a hard time remembering that it wasn't still Monday. haha!
Today's recipe is for Shrimp and Banana Salad from This Way to the Banana Bazaar. It doesn't have a date inside the booklet, but I'm pretty sure it's late 1930s - early 1940. There's no mention of rationing inside and I'm sure bananas were hard to get during the war. 
Anyway, my older brother raves about banana and tuna fish sandwiches. Apparently an Australian he met in Japan turned him onto that weird concoction. I just don't get the whole seafood and banana thing. Why?! I guess the only answer would be to try it, but my insides quiver with fear while my stomach whimpers, "No... Please don't make me..." haha!

What do you think?

Ration Recipe: Lemon Oatmeal Cookies

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First of all, I have to say that this recipe is a winner! I know, it's another oatmeal cookie recipe. I love oatmeal though, so no regrets here. Haha!
I wanted to find a recipe my 7 year old daughter could help me with, and I found this intriguing one for Lemon Oatmeal Cookies in my August 1943 Westinghouse Health-for-Victory booklet.


The recipe is pretty much like any other oatmeal cookie recipe except that it replaces a bulk of the sugar with dark corn syrup. I didn't have dark corn syrup, so I used the rest of my British golden syrup and Karo light corn syrup. It worked out well. The other different thing, was the addition of lemon peel, of course!

The cookies baked up light and a lovely golden brown. Even my daughter mentioned how pretty they were.

I love how perfectly round so many of them turned out! And here's one on my new vintage jadeite saucer plate!

 And how did they taste? Absolutely lovely! When the cookies were warm, the lemon was very subtle, the oatmeal add…

Vintage Banana Tuesdays: Day 1 - Apricot Banana Toast

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I'm starting a new series here on the blog - Vintage Banana Tuesdays! I've been amassing a fun collection of vintage banana recipes that I can't resist sharing - from the familiar to the downright bizarre! So, join me every Tuesday as I reveal a new recipe, some of which I'll submit my family to trying. haha!

I hope you're ready for this crazy ride, because I sure am. Yippee!


Ration Recipe: Oatmeal Drop Cookies

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Another cookie recipe! Yeah, I've been on a cookie kick lately. Yesterday I wanted to make some kind of cookie recipe, but I wasn't sure what I was in the mood for. I half-heartedly chose Oatmeal Drop Cookies from The Modern Family Cook Book by Meta Given, ca. 1942.

Well, if I thought I had a regular oatmeal cookie recipe on my hands, I was totally wrong! This little recipe ticks all the boxes of a great ration recipe - low sugar, low fat, whole grains.

I thought it would be fun to compare the Oatmeal Drop Cookies to my favorite Oatmeal Cookie recipe from a modern Better Homes & Gardens cookbook:



First off, the 1942 version has you sift the flour twice which affects the texture of the cookies. They're not as close and chewy. You can tell that the rest of the preparation is very different from the modern one too. Once you cream the shortening and sugar together with the egg, you add the oats. I had to read that step twice, because I'd never had to do that before! 
A…

Ration Recipe: Shredded Wheat Macaroons

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I've really missed ration cooking, so late last night after the kids were in bed I dug up this little gem for Shredded Wheat Macaroons in my favorite wartime cookbook - Cooking on a Ration by Marjorie Mills. Doesn't that recipe just sound like so much fun? Or maybe ridiculously healthy and gross? Haha!

I wasn't expecting this one to taste very good. You know, maybe really branny and wholesome. But I wanted to try it anyway just because it sounded so weird and intriguing! 
Luckily, I had some shredded wheat taking up shelf space from when I made Armenian Dessert. I was so glad to finally get rid of that box! These macaroons cookies whip up very similar to regular coconut macaroons. For the 2 cups of Shredded Wheat Biscuits, I used 2 packages of three biscuits and it came to a little over 2 cups. For the nut meats I used pecans, which I think was perfect for this kind of cookie. Almonds would be too hard, and walnuts would be too strong-tasting. I ended up using an extra eg…

A Bit of This and That

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I've been a little quiet on here for a while. Life happens which is inevitable of course, especially with a 2 month old baby!

I've been trying to keep up on some of my projects. I've done some work on a 1930s quilt I'm sewing, which I've posted about on Instagram. I've nearly gotten my 18th century petticoat complete. It just needs to be hemmed and the tape drawstring to be put in. I'm in the process of cleaning out and organizing my sewing closet. I've even dabbled a bit at my writing, though that's been more sparse than I'd like. Ah well!

Lately, I've been trying to beef up our family's WWII Boy Scout impression/display in preparation for this season of reenacting. It's been a lot of research and acquiring of items, and I've been enjoying it quite a bit! There's just something about camping and scouting in the first half of the 1900s that fascinates me. It's just so cool! I was really excited to purchase two original p…

Historical Recipe: Mince Meat Cookies

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Yes, I know. Another mincemeat recipe! But making the Mincemeat Cake did not use up all my mincemeat, so when I saw this recipe for cookies I was thrilled. They definitely have a more Christmas-time vibe, but that was not going to deter me. I found the recipe in the Toll House Recipe Book, ca. 1946.

Making the dough was pretty easy. I actually halved it and that still made over 2 dozen cookies, so if you make this, prepare to have a lot of cookies. Since the dough has to be chilled overnight, I tasted it just to see... and it was really good!

The next morning I sliced and baked all the cookie dough and those cookies turned out so yummy. And even if you're not crazy about nuts in your cookies (like me), I'd have to say that the nuts add a much needed texture. I used pecans and chopped them pretty small.

Overall, this is a really nice cookie and a great way to use up leftover mincemeat from Christmas. (I made these a few weeks ago, by the way. Just wanted to mention that in cas…

Historical Recipe: Quick Bran Cinnamon Rolls

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Let's take a quick moment to ponder the title of this 1940 recipe from the Kate Smith's Breakfast Book for Quick Bran Cinnamon Rolls.

Is this recipe quick? Meh.

Biscuit cinnamon rolls. Yummm!

With bran. Okay, still yum!


I have had a crazy sweet tooth lately. It might have something to do with having a nursing infant around. Or maybe not! Either way, I've been wanting to bake something else out of my Kate Smith's Breakfast Book and finally settled on this recipe for cinnamon rolls. (I still have a box of Grape Nuts that needs to find its way into more of her recipes. I mean, come on. No one's going to actually eat the cereal as is in this house!)

The recipe consists of making the Bran Biscuits and modifying it into cinnamon rolls. Not a weird concept by any means. The Bran Biscuits call for Whole Bran Shreds. I have no idea what those are, and I don't think you can get them anymore. They don't sound very appetizing. Anyway, to substitute I used Bran Flakes.…